Les Hirondelles

St. Beauzile, Tarn

Idyllic country living in lesser known wine region of Gaillac. Farmhouse and cottage with lots of space for a group, lovely gardens and pool


6 beds


5 bedrooms


Sleeps 11


Follow the road into the heart of The Gaillac, where banks of vines carpet distant hills. Here, in the sleepy hamlet of Cabanes, is an 18th-century farm complex: an elegant stone farmhouse and The Old Bakery Cottage next door. They’re let together and can sleep 10 comfortably. There’s a covered terrace with seating for your whole group, and two serene acres of garden and lawns. Watch butterflies; sit under shady trees; tread mown paths down to the pool.

You can take a guided walk amongst the vines at Clos Rocaillieux (16km), and then head on to Gaillac and The Maison des Vins, for more tasting and buying; there’s a wine fair here too. Be sure to eat at the town’s ‘La Table du Sommelier’; the owners know all the best places.

Stock up at the Sunday market of St Antonin Noble-Val (20km) or Cordes sur Ciel, a fortified town that floats above the mists, one of ‘les plus beaux villages de France’. Return to heaps of books, games, laps in the pool, and a nightcap under the stars.

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We think you'll love

  • The overriding sense of tranquillity
  • Being inspired by the glorious views
  • Following GR paths and cycling routes direct from the door
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Home truths

  • The nearest shops and restaurants are a 15-minute drive
  • It may be too quiet for some
  • The pool is unfenced but alarmed


  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Breakfast included
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm Saturday
Check out
By 10am Saturday
Booking restrictions
Available only 20 July - 30 August. Minimum stay: 7 nights. Pets by arrangement.
1 September - 19 July
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £371
Weekly price
from £2600
Damage deposit
Extra bed/sofabed available £200 per person per week.
1 House for 11
From £3716 beds5 bedrooms


The pastoral idyll of Les Hirondelles is to be found far from the madding crowd, nestled at the edge of a sweet hamlet surrounded by vine carpeted hillsides and oak forests. A more restorative place you could not find, with peace, fresh air and starry, starry nights. Space for everyone to spread out and do their thing and then come together around the table on the terrace to plan the next foray out to a pretty bastide town, market or vineyard visit or adventure on the river, bike or horseback. Something to indulge all tastes. Liz & Graham are a delight to chat to for guidance.

Sarah, Sawday's inspector

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The neighbourhood

The wine region of Gaillac is restorative, serene, and beautiful. Wineries abound, as do fortified bastide villages, one shining example being medieval Cordes sur Ciel (with a Sunday market and a festival in July). For foodies there are markets, and a lovely farm shop at Cahuzac sur Verre (14km). For authentic cuisine, head for La Table du Sommelier, Gaillac (20km) or La Corniche, Brousses (21km). You can hike in the neighbouring Forest of Grésigne, and cycle, kayak and ride close by.

Local points of interest from Graham Hutchinson

  • Situated in the renowned wine region of Gaillac, plenty of vineyards to explore, wines to sample and views to behold. The town hosts a wine fair in early August; have lunch under the trees, imbibe a little, entertained by live music from the region.
  • Cordes: a medieval fortified town floats above the mists 20 minutes away, cobbled streets, pretty merchants houses, lots of artisan workshops, a market each Sunday and a hugely popular medieval festival in the summer. One of several stunning villages.
  • A great area for walkers and bird watchers. An equestrian centre close by provides riding for adults and children of all abilities. Tracks through forests and fields offer a variety of terrains or you can enjoy our extensive gardens -uninterrupted views.
  • Nearby St Antonin offers a famous bustling Sunday morning market enjoyed by all our guests. There are also restaurants, shops and a cinema (showing English language films) in this popular town as well bike hire and a kayak station - mini bus pick up!
  • The cities of Albi and Toulouse are easily reached. Both are vibrant, cultural cities. The Toulouse-Lautrec museum in Albi is a must for art lovers and the city's museum of fashion is well worth a visit.
  • The surrounding landscape ranges from cool wooded hillsides to vineyards and fields of sunflowers. Most vineyards offer tastings and sales. Many offer tours and cultural events.


Graham Hutchinson

Owners Liz and Graham will occasionally pop by to check the pool and discreetly water the grounds. Their passion for the area is evident so make the most of their knowledge. They particularly love off the beaten track places. They can also set up cheese and wine pairing tastings on the terrace, and arrange friendly vineyard tours.